Leslie Ohta, Board of Education

A reputation for being open minded, fair, and willing to work in a non-partisan manner will ensure that all of Glastonbury benefits.

Please feel free to contact me at 202-538-1161 or email leslieohta@yahoo.com

I grew up in West Hartford and have lived in Boston, Massachusetts, Quezon City, Philippines, Osaka, Japan, Arlington, VA, Annapolis, Maryland, and have had a home in Glastonbury since 1984.

I have two sons and five grandchildren.

I have traveled to over 40 countries, including India, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines, Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Greece, Turkey, Bosnia-Herzegovina (Federation of BiH and Republika Srpska), Croatia, Russia, Moldova, Ukraine, Transniestra, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Czech Republic, Malta, Spain, Jordan, Kuwait, Kenya, Egypt, Iraq, and Uganda.

Education:

BA, in chemistry, minors in physics and math. Law school with honors.

Professional Activities:

While in the Peace Corps in the Philippines, I was a Chemistry and Physics teacher at the Laboratory High School at the University of the Philippines; worked on a Rockefeller Foundation project developing curriculum materials in Chemistry, and worked at a rural medical clinic in Mindanao during the summer break.

I was an English teacher, a copy editor, and was an extra in TV and movie productions while living in Japan.

Upon returning to the United States, I worked at UConn Health Center as an Administrative Coordinator. Following law school, I clerked at the Connecticut Supreme Court. I then was hired as a Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Justice in the Honors Program. I spent four years in Washington, D.C., representing the United States in U.S. District Courts around the country in medical malpractice, vaccine, and personal injury cases.

I then became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in New Haven for 11 years. As an AUSA I handled a large variety of civil cases, including medical malpractice, products liability, personal injury, environmental, employment discrimination (race, sex, age, handicap), false claims act, mail fraud, social security, constitutional torts, IRS summons enforcement, tax abatement, foreclosure, and habeas cases, and criminal cases, including tax, bank fraud, extortion, bribery, wire fraud, mail fraud, tampering with a witness, interstate transportation of stolen property, false statement, postal theft,  misapplication of bank funds, false claims, telemarketing fraud, and embezzlement cases. I also headed the forfeiture program.

I returned to Main Justice in Washington in 1995 where I was a Trial Attorney in the Civil Division (the Commercial Litigation Branch and Office of Asylum Litigation) and the Criminal Division (Overseas Prosecutorial Development and Training Office) and served for a year in Iraq as a Federal prosecutor working on rule of law issues. While in Iraq I served as the National Administrator for Iraq for the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, served as the Coordinator for the Iraqi High Tribunal, worked on the establishment of a legal clinic at the Rusafa Women’s Detention Facility, served as the State Department’s grant representative for a UNICEF Juvenile Detention Project, and lectured at the Al-Nahrain College of Law and at the Rusafa National Police Training facility.

Upon returning from Iraq, I retired in 2012, and returned to Glastonbury.

I am currently an Adjunct Professor at Norwalk Community College teaching Constitutional Law. 

Awards:

Voted “Prosecutor of the Year” in 1991 by the of the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association; Milton S. Camilleri Distinguished Service Award, Narcotics Enforcement Officers’

Association; numerous awards form the Justice Department

Past Volunteer Activities:

U.S. Peace Corps
United Nations: Adjudicator and Election Observer in Bosnia
Earth Watch: Thailand, South Africa, Czech Republic
Church Volunteer, Navajo Indian Reservation, construction project
Polling Volunteer, Book Judge in Annapolis, Maryland, for numerous Presidential and mid-term elections

Current Volunteer Activities:

Children’s Law Center, Truancy Intervention Project and Families in Transition Program
Lawyers for Children America, Represent children in DCF cases
ABC House, Board of Directors
Children of Hope Uganda, a non-profit organization promoting the recovery and reintegration of children orphaned or abducted by the LRA in Northen Uganda
Glastonbury Democratic Town Committee
Rotary Club
League of Women Voters
Chris Murphy for Senate campaign
Connecticut Veterans Legal Center

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